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Fresh Air New Open Water Swim Clinics Sponsor

We are thrilled to announce that Fresh Air Kelowna is the new sponsor of our Open Water Swim Clinics.

Each year more than 700 swimmers attend the clinics which start this year on June 8th, 2019. The Fresh Air Open Water Swim Clinics run for 6 consecutive Saturday mornings with the last one on July 13th, 2019. Each clinic brings the best open water swim coaches to help swimmers get comfortable in the open water and teach skills such as how to sight and how to swim with others.

More than 50% of the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna participants are new swimmers and the free clinics ($5 entry if you are not registered for one of our swims) help swimmers transition from training in the pool to swimming in open water.

The Fresh Air Open Water Swim Clinics in Kelowna are included FREE when you register for one of our events.

Register for the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna

Photo credit: Alexis MacMillan

Interior Savings Back for 10th Year as Title Sponsor of Across the Lake Swim Kelowna

Interior Savings has signed on as title sponsor of the July 20, 2019 Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna, rounding out a full decade of support for this event.

Since the Credit Union first partnered with Across the Lake Swim in Kelowna in 2010, the event has grown from 400 swimmers making the 2.1 km swim across Okanagan Lake to as many 1,500. It has become the largest and longest running open water swim event in Canada and has been named as one of the Top World Open Water Swims. Last year the swim celebrated its 70th Anniversary!

According to Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings, “This is an event all of us in the Okanagan should be proud of. Even with its success and notoriety on the global stage, it continues to be a truly iconic local event vested in the betterment of our community.”

The annual swim challenges young and old alike to achieve their personal best while also raising money to provide free swimming lessons to every grade three student in our school district. To date the Society, with the support of its community partners and sponsors, has provide 12,500 kids with free swim lessons.

“We’re excited to celebrate our tenth year of helping to drown proof the Okanagan,” continued Conway. “Given the abundance of water sports in the Okanagan, we recognize the critical role this event plays in providing water safety skills to our kids.”

Race Director Peter Rudd highlighted the important role Interior Savings plays in the event. “It’s the best gift we could receive for our swim, and for water safety in our community. Interior Savings not only provides financial support, they also support us with volunteers. It’s a real team effort,” said Rudd.

“You can help us in our mission to keep kids safe in the water by registering yourself, your family or giving the gift of registration to help someone else participate,” added Rudd, “but register before Feb 28th to take advantage of early bird pricing!”.

Registration is open for the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna July 20, 2019.

Photo Credit: Alexis MacMillan

2018 Package Pickup

Package pickup is from 3-7pm on Thursday, July 12th and 3-7pm on Friday, July 13th at the Capital News Centre, 4105 Gordon Drive, in Kelowna. Here is a map

In your swim package you’ll get your gear bag, swim cap, wave #, additional instructions and some other goodies :).

Orientation meetings will be held every 45 minutes and although not mandatory, we encourage first time participants to attend. Look for the signs in the Capital News Centre!

New Swim: Kid’s Shore Splash!

The Across the Lake Swim Shore Splash is a free event for kids aged 5-12. Kids swim about 25 metres in a roped off area along the shore in City Park. The event starts at 8am, the exact same time as the first wave of swimmers on the other side.

The kids will get a timing chip and cross under the finish line arch just like the big kids! They will finish just before the first Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim swimmers come in. Parents must walk along the beach beside their child during the swim (parents should expect to get their feet wet!).

The swim is in a roped off area in very shallow water along the shore and is supervised by lifeguards. Lifejackets are available.

Parents register your child the morning of the swim near the finish line.

Note that conditions must be deemed as safe before the event takes place. Organizers will cancel the event on the day if there are high waves or other adverse conditions.

NEW! VIP Package

We are super excited to announce the launch of our incredible VIP Package! How would you like to just drive into your own reserved parking spot? Or bypass the line up a gear check? Those are just a few perks you’ll get when you purchase a VIP Package for just $79!

Here is everything you get:

  • Reserved parking spot in City Park
  • VIP quick gear check in and check out
  • Free t-shirt
  • 15% off everything in the store
  • Double the pancakes (if breakfast purchased)
  • Additional towel
  • VIP line for package pickup
  • VIP bus loading line

Sales of the VIP package support sending kids for free swim lessons.

There are only 30 packages available. So buy yours soon!

You can easily add it to your existing registration or if you haven’t registered yet just add it when checking out.

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Our Math Malfunction

We recently announced that we are offering “free registration for all swimmers born in 1949, the first year of the Across the Lake Swim.” We also said we would “like to celebrate with a few more 70-year-olds” at this year’s event on July 14, 2018.

For anyone doing the math, this doesn’t quite add up. It is the 70th anniversary of the swim since year 1 occurred in 1949. However, if you were born in 1949 this will be your 69th birthday year.

This math malfunction led to a number of emails from some astute 69 and 70 year old swimmers. “I have done the swim many times and would like to take advantage of the fact I am seventy and the swim is about to celebrate being 70 years old,” said Dwight Carroll.

“It had me questioning my age. For a second, I really thought I might be turning 70 this year” said a soon to be 69 year old swimmer, who asked to remain anonymous.

“There’s really no excuse for it,” said Alexis MacMillan, Media Volunteer for the swim and writer of the announcement. “I actually really like math.” Fortunately, Peter Rudd, Race Director for the swim, has made the decision to include both groups. “We’re going to do the right thing. If you’re born in 1949 OR if you’re 70 we would love you to come swim for free,” said Rudd. Our whole team told me “Let’s make the celebration even bigger because that aligns with the spirit of our event.”

To obtain a free registration, send proof of birthdate to

Swim For Free If You Were Born in 1949

The 70th celebrations are ramping up for the Interior Savings Across the Lake Swim Kelowna on July 14, 2018. “First off, we are offering free registration for all swimmers born in 1949, the first year of the Across the Lake Swim,” says Peter Rudd, Race Director. “We have swimmers of all ages enter the event and this year we’d like to celebrate with those that were born the year the swim started!”

“For the first year ever, we’re adding a Silver and Gold Club status for people who have entered the swim for 10+ and 20+ years,” says Rudd. “This includes some extra benefits as well as distinctive silver and gold swim caps. We want to highlight their commitment to the swim and to helping us raise funds for the YMCA Okanagan Swims program, which provides basic water safety instruction to all grade 3 and grade 4 students in School District 23.”

Rudd continues, “This 70th year is going to be special and we hope our community continues to support us by registering for the swim, coming out to cheer, and sharing our event with Kelowna friends and visitors. As Canada’s largest and longest running open water swim, there’s really nothing else like it.”

To obtain a free registration, send proof of birthdate in 1949 to